PhD scholarships in Circular Economy (European Horizon 2020 Project “REFLOW”) at the Department of Operations Management 2019, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark

Copenhagen Business School


August 20, 2019


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PhD scholarships in Circular Economy (European Horizon 2020 Project “REFLOW”) at the Department of Operations Management

The Department of Operations Management at Copenhagen Business School (CBS) invites applications for two vacant PhD scholarships linked to the large European Horizon 2020 project REFLOW (constRuctive mEtabolic processes For material flOWs in urban and peri-urban environments across Europe). REFLOW has 28 European partners and is led by CBS (EC signature expected May 2019). Starting dates are expected to be in the autumn 2019.     
The REFLOW project mission is to support the development of cities that are regenerative and adopt circular economy (CE) practices, through the delocalisation of production and the reconfiguration of material flows. REFLOW explores CE innovation using a digital and physical network of makerspaces and other grass-root organisations in six pilot cities: Amsterdam, Berlin, Cluj-Napoca, Milan, Paris, and Vejle. The project will provide guidance for public and private sector organisations on how to create favourable conditions for the adoption of CE practices.  
REFLOW will create new CE business models within the six pilot cities in order to provide examples of ways in which cities can adopt CE practices and reach the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The project makes use of blockchain technology in order to incentivise CE practices in local ecosystems. Moreover, it will define social and environmental measurements to enable the continuous monitoring of CE practices and the assessment of their impact.  
We encourage applications investigating CE practices in the field of management accounting, also combined with the operations management and innovation management fields. The REFLOW project leader and the research team, based at the Department of Operations Management, will provide a robust research community with regular meetings and an active mentorship. Successful applicants are also expected to be involved in the project work at European level in collaboration with the REFLOW team.  
Research themes could include, but are not limited to:  
  • Measuring the social and environmental impact of CE practices 
  • Understanding process and implications of developing the CE practices in public and private sector organisations 
  • Exploring valuation practices to assess the value(s) of CE   
  • Investigating the changes in organisational management practices that are induced by the advent of CE and (blockchain) technology, and their ramifications for organisations and society as a whole.  
We ask those interested in these positions to contact the project leader and overall coordinator Associate Professor Cristiana Parisi, e-mail:, tel. (+45) 3815 3505 before applying.  
Copenhagen Business School (CBS) has over 22,000 students and more than 600 full-time professors on all levels. Being one of the largest business schools in Northern Europe, CBS covers a wide range of business-related academic disciplines. CBS is highly-ranked amongst business schools across the world. Based in architecturally beautiful buildings close to the center of Copenhagen, one of the world’s most exciting cities known for its striking spires, cutting-edge design and cycle-friendly streets, the Department of Operations Management is a leading provider of top-notch research-based education.   
The research areas of the Department covers and integrates five academic research areas: Supply Chain Management (design and management of flows of goods, services, knowledge and information between firms); Management Accounting (design, use and effects of financial and non-financial measures in strategy development and implementation); Innovation Management (deployment of management tools and mechanisms to connect technology, organization and markets); Operations Management (relation between production, organization and strategy in manufacturing and service industries); Managerial Economics (decision modelling around pricing, costing, production planning and forecasting).  
Our vision is to be bold in ideas and strong in practice! It is the ambition of the Department to be orientated towards questions that attempt to debate the boundaries of the areas. This allows cross-disciplinary exchange of research ideas and helps fostering of a strong intellectual environment. The Department understands management in relation to managerial tools and instruments that help to frame and make business issues visible and making them amenable to intervention, development and control.  
The Department of Operations Management supplies teaching and supervision to undergraduate, graduate, masters, executive and PhD programmes in economics and business administration. Currently, the Department hosts four broad research programs:   
  • Servitization  
  • Circular Economy   
  • Pricing and Management Accounting   
  • Maritime business studies   

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May 27, 2019